This special issue section of the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology is designed to assist clinicians in assessing civil capacities, such as activities of daily living, financial and healthcare decision-making, driving, sexual consent, and testamentary capacity. A focus on civil capacities in neuropsychology is particularly relevant given the growing number of elderly individuals—these evaluations tend to be more common in this population—and the reality that many neuropsychologists are already performing such evaluations. Each article in this special issue section is thus a timely review of current empirical and conceptual work and has been prepared in a useable and “nuts and bolts” fashion to guide clinical work.

The capacity-specific articles in this section are bracketed by an initial legal article and a final one on guardianship determination. The first article reviews three illustrative capacity cases in which clinical neuropsychological evaluations played an important role. These cases demonstrate how neuropsychological testimony has actually...

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